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Udupi District (Karnataka)

Posted Date: 12 Jan 2009      Posted By: Tony John    Member Level: Gold  Points: 0

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State: Karnataka
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Taluks in Udupi district:

  • Udupi
  • Karkala
  • Kundapura

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    Posted By: Ravi Shankar    Posted Date: 30 Dec 2009   Points: 30   (Rs 30)
    Udupi – History

    The name ‘Udupi’ is said to be derived from the Tulu name ‘Odipu, which is literally associated with a temple near Malpe, where this temple is dedicated to god Vadabhandeshwara, in another tale the name ‘Udupi’ derived from two Sanskrit words ‘Udu’ means stars and ‘Pa’ means lord, the background for this story is due to the curse of King Daksha as to reduce the lights of moon, and this king had 27 daughters literally they are 27 stars according to mythology, all of them married to moon, after this curse moon prayed Lord Shiva to get back his shine, Shiva was pleased hence moon got back his shine, and the prayer made by moon was at Chandramouleshwara temple at Udupi, a ‘Linga’ was created due to this, which is still there at the temple, hence the name ‘Udupi’ derived which means ‘lord of the stars’.

    Udupi - Significance of Religion

    The world famous Krishna Mutt which is the temple of Lord Krishna, this mutt was founded by Sri. Madhwacharya, a famous vaishnavite in 13th century. According to mythology Sri Madhwacharya helped some sailors in turn they gave him the deities of Lord Krishna and Balarama, Madhwacharya has done the installation ceremony [Prathiste] Krishna at Udupi and Balarama at Malpe, this Balarama temple is known as Vadabhandeshwara temple, the temple at Udupi is called as Sri Krishna Mutt.

    Eight disciples of Madhwacharya received the administration of eight different mutts, and inturn each of them setup eight mutts around this Krishna Mutt, which is called as Ashta Mutts, they are Pejawara, Puttige, Palimaru, Adamaru, Sodhe, Kaniyooru, Shirooru and Krishnapura, the main deity of Krishna Mutt poojas will be done by the chiefs of these eight mutts in a cyclical order at the time of Paryaya, which will be help once in two years.

    Udupi - Other religious places

    Kanakana Kindi, here one will find the depiction of ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, through the small holes made in the window one can see the deity of Lord Krishna as a young boy, this mutt is known throughout the world for its Dvaita philosophy, incidentally this is the centre place for Daasa Saahitya, a kind of literature, Udupi is the place where this philosophy originated.

    Pajaka, this is about 12 km away from Udupi, Saint Madhwacharya has preached Dvaitha philosophy from this place.

    Kollur, this place is around 74 km away from Udupi, situated in the western Ghat, it attracts numerous travelers and on pilgrim as Goddess Mookambika temple is here, this attracts more number of people from Kerala and Tamilnadu.

    Karkala is 34 km away from Udupi, this place is famous Jain Basidis [temples] and a giant statue of Gommateswara is here, other place to visit here is Padutirupathi Sri Venkataramana Temple, Sri Siddhivinayaka Temple, Sri Hosamarigudi Temple, Sri Ucchanggi Mariamma Temple, Sri Ananthapadmanabha Temple, Sri Padmavathi Temple, Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple, Attur St. Lawrence Church, Sri Umamaheshwara Temple and Salmar Jama Masjid.

    Anegudde, this place is a distance of 30 km from Udupi, and Lord Ganesh Temple is very famous.

    Attur Church, 25 km away from Udupi, this church is famous for its annual fair, which will be attended by people from all communities and religious groups.

    Barkur, this is About 15 km from Udupi. This is place according to historians was the capital of historical Tulu Nadu, this place is also having many temples and Jain basadis..

    One can find a famous temple of Lord Guru Narasimha Swamy at Saligrama which is 27 km away from Udupi.

    Udupi - Events and Festivals

    Among all festivals celebrated here at Udupi Paryaya is famous among them, this Paryaya is celebrated every two years once, it will be held on January 18th in the even years, which starts at 3 a.m. in the early morning, several tableaus belongs to various groups, which will gather at Udupi, this is a great feast in Udupi, which evenly attracts the visitors from foreign countries also.

    Krishna Janmashtami is next big festival here, during this time the tradition ‘Huli Vesha’ is the main attraction.

    A grand Bhajana Sapthaha is organized at Sri Lakshmi Venkatesha Temple, it will be organized for a period of one week, bhajans will be sung day and night for all seven days, this occasion is celebrated in the month of August every year.

    Another famous festival is Rathothsava, this will be held every year and in almost all occasions, during this festival the Krishna chariot will be pulled by locals in the Rathabeedi.

    Udupi – Demography

    According to 2001 Census reports Udupi has a population of 1,13,039, out of which 49% are males and 51% are females, this place has a high literacy rate of 83% compared to national figure of 59%, male literacy rate constitutes 86% and female literacy rate is 81%, out of total population 8% belongs to 6 years or less population.

    The prominent communities one can see in this place are Bunts, Mogaveeras, Billavas, Konkanis Goud Saraswat Brahmins, Rajapur Saraswat, Kudalkar, Daivajna, Shivalli Brahmins, Kota brahmins, Koragas and Mangalorean Catholics.

    This place was previously was Town Municipal Council now it has been changed to City Municipal Council status from 1995, the other places like Manipal, Malpe and Santhekatte have been merged with Udupi to constitute this civic status.

    Udupi is bifurcated from Dakshina Kannada district on 25th of August in the year 1997, with three taluks namely Kundapura, Karkala and Udupi, the town planning and other development related activities were the responsibility of Udupi Development Authority.

    Udupi – Climate

    The climate here is very hot in summers and little good in winters, during summers the temperature touches 40° C and in winters it could be around 32° C or sometimes 20° C. The monsoon period starts from June to September atleast with one big rainfall with heavy winds.

    Udupi - Languages spoken

    Tulu is the main language here apart from that Kannada, Konkani, Nawayath and Berry Bashe normally spoken by Berrys.

    Udupi - Transportation facilities

    The National highway number 17 will pass through this place, other state highways to Karkala and Dharmasthala upto Shimoga and Sringeri. The National Highway links to Mangalore, Karwar of Uttara Kannada via Kundapura, one will find abundant transportation facilities which includes state owned and private vehicles, Udupi is facilitated with Railway services also which is at Konkan Railway, the nearest airport is at Mangalore International Airport, which is 50 km away from Udupi.

    Udupi - Economy and industries

    Udupi is a major commercial city in the state, the interesting factor is that the people here have high per capita income and poverty rate here is very minimal, hence the people here used to prefer a high standard of life.

    Other small to medium scale industries like cashew industry, food processing industries and several milk co-operatives are the main important units here, a power plant at Nandikur is proposed by the state government which is yet to start.

    Some software companies like Robosoft Technologies and one can find other software units here.

    Udupi - Art and culture

    When one remembers Udupi, naturally the next thought comes to mind is Yakshagana, this folk are world famous, few of them are Bhuta Kola, Aati kalenja, Karangolu, and Nagaradhane, these are traditional folklore arts famous at this place

    Udupi - Places of Visit

    Few important places of interest here at Udupi are Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Shirva Pilar khan Bird Sanctuary.

    Waterfalls like Kudlu Theertha Falls, Barkana Falls, Belkal Theertha Falls, Arasina Gundi, Jomlu Theertha and Kosalli Water.

    Famous beaches are St. Marys Island, Malpe, Kaup and Maravanthe.

    Posted By: Tressy Dsouza    Posted Date: 05 Apr 2012   Points: 1   (Rs 1)
    The zilla panchayat of Udupi has come up with The Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, which specifies the constitution of Grama Panchayat.

    The three taluka's in Udupi District have Grama Panchayat list as follows:

    1. Karkala Taluk - 29 Grama Panchayat
    2. Kundapura Taluk - 56 Grama Panchayat
    3. Udupi - 61 GP's.

    In all there are 146 Grama Panchayats for this district.

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